Ukrainian pop star Ruslana honored with an International Women of Courage award!

Voices of Ukraine

Award-winning Ukrainian pop star Ruslana [Ruslana Lyzychko], who spent months hosting and singing to pro-European protestors from the Maidan stage in Kyiv, even helping to end a tense standoff with riot police one night, has been honoured by US First Lady Michelle Obama for her bravery.

Ruslana Lyzychko was one of 10 women who received the 2014 International Women of Courage award from First Lady Michelle Obama.

March 6, 2014 Washington, DC

10006256_10152007739561936_1973234376_n Award-winning Ukrainian singer Ruslana (Ruslana Lyzhychko) receiving her award from First Lady Michelle Obama

On a day when Secretary of State Kerry was in Kyiv to conduct a meeting with the newly-appointed government and to express full support for Ukraine, the award ceremony of the State Department, held in Washington, DC, had a special meaning this year for Maidan. The Secretary of State Award for International Women of Courage rewards women in the world who…

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Maidan representatives outline their demands for the new government of Ukraine


Members of Ukraine’s “government of national trust” cannot be on the list of one hundred richest people in Ukraine, nor can they be executives within the acting government or employees of the presidential administration who have held these positions since 2010. These are [some of] the criteria established by [Maidan’s] “Circle of National Trust”, as set out in a statement by the Circle provided to Interfax-Ukraine. Other requirements include at least seven years of work experience, except for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Security Service of Ukraine and the Ministry of Defence, and five years of work experience in management positions. Candidates must also have nothing to do with human rights violations and there must be no information available linking them to any sort of corruption.

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Ruslana: Titushky banished me from my home, threaten to punish me like Bulatov

Voices of Ukraine

February 9, 2014 1:29 pm

Translated by Olia Knight

Maidan activist and singer Ruslana Lyzhychko keeps getting threats on her phone. She made an announcement about the threats during Viche [Sunday Rally on February 9] from Maidan’s stage.

“Titushky have practically banished me from my house – they constantly watch it, and my neighbors relay the information to me. My car has been followed. I receive threats on my phone. I find it hard to adjust to phone calls where people say that they will do the same things to me as they did to Dmytro Bulatov. I want to ask them – what is so illegal that I do for them to use those methods against me?” Ruslana asked from the stage.

“I am telling you, I will not go anywhere, nor do I plan to do so in the future, I will dedicate…

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